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Amazing company and opportunities

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Former Intern - Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
Former Intern - Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA

I worked at Facebook as an intern (less than a year)

Pros

Amazing perks, job opportunities, co-workers, and compensation (in the tech industry). Extremely high levels of autonomy and work flexibility.

Cons

There's almost no one rules about when to work, but during hackathons, there is some pressure to work late on projects for the company. Likewise, it can be stressful at times (for example, when nearing a product launch).

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Continue to be accessible and open about your goals within the company, and strive to maintain the current culture as the company grows

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    The world is your oyster

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Facebook full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Work with smart, energetic people;
    Be empowered to pursue your ideas;
    Create great software with very little red tape;
    Supportive, collaborative environment with no politics;

    Cons

    We're only 1% done;
    You need to be comfortable with ambiguity;
    Still figuring out how to coordinate large projects;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes it's nice for architecture to be documented;

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    The best job I've ever had

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Production Engineer in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at Facebook full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They grill you hard in the interview but once you're in, you get a lot of autonomy and freedom to make decisions about how you think things should be done. Zero bureaucracy/red tape, very few meetings, and people are encouraged to build what they think will work. Two of the common sayings there are "code wins arguments" and "what does the data say?" meaning that if people disagree about something, the debate gets resolved by looking at numerical data and/or by building something and seeing whether or not it works. This is a very fast, turn-on-a-dime, high productivity, zero BS environment. It's also a lot of fun to work there. People work hard and play hard.

    Cons

    The cons at Facebook mostly fall under the heading of "growing pains".

    Technologically, things move so fast that the layers of the technology stack are often in flux. If you are building a system that depends on other systems at FB, be ready for them to change underneath you. Nothing stays the same for long at Facebook. Every layer of the stack changes, and changes quickly.

    At the human level, the company has also grown very quickly which means many of the lower level managers are new or inexperienced or got promoted to management for being good with computers (but not necessarily with people). It can be frustrating to report to junior managers and/or people who are clueless about social skills. With that said, the higher level, more senior managers tend to be really good and their skill often "trickles down" in various ways.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shore up the lower level management situation. Get more senior people and people with better people skills.

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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